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Group supports sales tax proposal

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PORTAGEVILLE, MO (KAIT) -

A quarter-cent sales tax proposal on the ballot in April will help residents and police alike, Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams said. 

According to a Facebook post, Adams and a group, The Officers of Portageville, announced their support of the plan which heads to voters April 4.  Adams said the proposal will provide much-needed equipment for the police department and help meet needs. 

"This tax is not like the water bill hike, or a property tax increase," Adams said in the post. "The sales tax will provide for a dedicated full-time officer to be in our schools, without having to remove one from the road."

The officer will also teach classes such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D. A. R. E. classes.

Adams said the department has also had problems applying for grants due to a lack of start-up funding. 

"Portageville applied for grants first to provide equipment for officers whenever possible. Due to restrictions on who can receive these grants, we do not always receive them, therefore the funds have to come out of pocket. This creates an issue of what are we going to have to do without in order to purchase the equipment," Adams said. 

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